10 Things that Accelerate Vision: Principle #4 – Sacrifice
Veteran’s Day was this Friday – Anything worth pursuing is worth sacrificing for! Meet my Dad and Mom, Don and Lori Conn. My father a USMC Vietnam veteran and faithful husband of 47, yes that is Forty-Seven years. I have parents who love and understand the principles of sacrifice. I am blessed to have their example and their legacy to live through. I was raised in the family context of two people who understand what it means to sacrifice for Jesus, their family, and yes their fellow countrymen.
Principle #4 – Sacrifice communicates the priority of what is truly Important
“Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas, a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” Acts 4:36
The beginnings of the church are marked with deep sacrifice. The church first started with Jesus setting the example, laying down His life for all humanity. Then eventually the seeds and culture of sacrifice became evident. In one scripture above we see a man named Barnabas sold a field and gave it to the church to advance the Gospel. Obviously, Barnabas was using this land to make money for himself, BUT he decided he wanted it to be used for a greater purpose than just personal profit. The church is supposed to model this ALL THE TIME in EVERY area of our lives.
Our church, 217church, JUST made an offer on a piece of land. After seven years, the elders unanimously sense God calling us to pursue a permanent place in Robbinsville, NJ. This ride is going to be fun, but one thing is for sure, it WILL require sacrifice.
Why Sacrifice is WORTH IT…
#1 Perspective – Sacrifice helps you to take a step back and determine what you really NEED and WHO you trust to provide for you. Making a sacrifice will require you to have faith. #Faith always changes your perspective.
#2 Prioritization – Once you start to sacrifice it reorganizes your priorities. Too many times our priorities get out of balance. Making a sacrifice helps us reorder our life.
#3 Power – Show me a group of people willing to sacrifice for a common goal and I will show you the undeniable power in a group. Our church is no different. When EVERYONE participates in the sacrifice, it changes everyone.
I’m looking forward to sharing more about the next steps as we sacrifice together.
Come together and we will accelerate the vision!
Join us at 217church and our SERIES #Unstoppable, as we study through the book of Romans together.
November 13 – Unstoppable Faith – Romans 3:21-31
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Josh Conn is the founding pastor of 217church, a multi-site, contemporary church in Mercer County NJ. 217church is a family with small groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that meets Sundays at 10:30am at Sharon Elementary school in Robbinsville, NJ. If you are looking for a church in East Windsor NJ, Lawrenceville NJ, Ewing NJ, Robbinsville NJ, Hightstown NJ, Hamilton NJ, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Burlington County or Bucks County, PA, we would love to have you join us. Don’t miss our weekend services. Visit www.217church.com for more information. or watch a weekend message here